Shanore News

Musings, ramblings and thought provoking articles from our team of talented writers - all views expressed are their own!

How Catholic are Irish Catholic Schools?

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So, Ireland is having a problem with school patronage.  Currently, about 90 percent of state-funded primary schools are controlled by the Catholic Church.  By “controlled by,” I mean that the Church decides admissions policies, who to hire to teach and administrate, and, perhaps most worryingly, the curriculum.  Last year (and, unfortunately, several other times), the U.N. noted […]

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Tiny Houses – Are They a New Thing in Ireland?

Small Irish House

The tiny house movement is becoming a big thing in many places, including this wee island.  The same dynamics are at play in Ireland as elsewhere.  Post-Celtic tiger Ireland faces not a shortage of housing, but a shortage of affordable, available housing at the same time unemployment and the cost of living are quite high.  […]

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Why Visit a Irish Heritage Center?

Irish necklace. Celtic Jewelry

For Irish descendants living outside of the republic, there exists an opportunity to get a dose of fresh, Irish culture without having to go very far. The city of Chicago has a unique Irish Heritage Center which was once an elementary school. It’s conversion into a base for Irish culture has helped it to take on an […]

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Irish Stereotypes: What Judgements Exist?

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I’ll be the first to say I have heard of  Irish stereotypes for as long as I can remember. I guess what mostly entered my consciousness was that Irish people were shorter, red-haired and friendly. So far, this is not offensive but, it does give a generalization or a stereotype of what people might think of […]

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(Some of) Ireland’s Trans Community Wins Legal Recognition

This week, Ireland passed a law that allows transgender men and women to change their legal gender to match their gender identity as they see fit, instead of it being determined (invasively) by the state or a doctor. It becomes only the third European country to do this, after Denmark (2014) and Malta (April 2015). […]

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When Your Irish Roots Are Buried by Bureaucracy and Lies

Ireland's stolen babies

For most people, genealogy is a fun hobby.  Stumbling blocks pop up, but they are more intriguing than painful.  Searching for your roots is like solving a mystery, but with very low stakes.  Sure, you might find something scandalous, but odds are it is generations back and no one today is very upset about it. […]

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Learn How to Trace Your Irish Roots

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Ireland has a census with family information. However, the census is only effective from the year 1901. Before the census, if people wanted to list who they were and who they were related to, they would go see the parish register. What is even more perplexing is that many of Ireland’s citizens from the last […]

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Rapists Apparently Exempt from Consequences in Ireland

So, there’s this vile man, Magnus Meyer Hustveit.  He raped his then girlfriend, Niamh Nic Dhomhnail, several times while she was sleeping and unable to give consent.  This week in Dublin, he was convicted (he pleaded guilty) and given a sentence of 7 years.  But then the judge suspended the whole thing.  Which means that […]

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Will We Surrender the Site of the Surrender?

If you have visited Dublin, you have probably seen the General Post Office, more commonly known as the GPO, on O’Connell Street, where the 1916 Uprising leaders fought.  Did you know the pillars in front still have the nicks from bullets fired during that battle?  Most likely you have seen the statues of heroic leaders […]

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